Winter Lecture Series 2019 Mahler's Symphonic World Pt. 2


Winter Lecture Series 2019 Mahler's Symphonic World Pt. 2

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Complete Series: $480
Individual Evenings: $65

Mahler’s Symphonic World Part. 2
Symphonies 3, 5, 7, Das Lied von der Erde, 10

8 Wednesday Evenings
January 16- March 6, 2019, 7:00-9:00PM
(Lectures in Encino, CA—

5646 Babbitt Ave. Encino, CA 91316

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I’m excited to share with you some of my absolutely favorite music—and it will be yours too, if not so already—in this second part of our journey through Mahler’s symphonies. Many of you asked last year about Mahler’s 5th. We’re covering it this time around! But also be prepared to be transported to a higher spiritual plane with The Song of the Earth (which he did not number as a symphony to avoid the “curse of the 10th”) and his tenth symphony (which indeed he died before completing).

Gustav Mahler’s symphonies are among the most intoxicating and even addictive experiences in all classical music listening. Part of their emotional impact comes from the fact that they bridge the 19th and 20th centuries. They look backward with a sense of culmination and nostalgia for the Romantic era, but also look forward to the new sonic and structural implications of the modern era. Mahler discovered a way to take the immersive world of characters, symbols, and emotions in a Wagner opera and place it within the abstract sonic tapestry of the symphony orchestra.

In eight evenings together, we explore five of Mahler's symphonies from his early, middle, and late periods using piano examples, recordings, and your participation and discussion. This class is a sequel to last year’s session and will cover the remainder of Mahler’s symphonic works (except for Symphony No. 8). We begin with his third symphony (the nature symphony), then on to the heroic fifth symphony, the seventh symphony, his great sublime farewell The Song of the Earth (Das Lied von der Erde), concluding with his incomplete 10th symphony. Curiosity and enthusiasm is a must, but previous knowledge of music is not necessary to enjoy these evenings.

Week 1 January 16—Mahler Symphony No. 3
Mahler’s longest symphony—a nature symphony!
Movements 1-3

Week 2 January 23—Mahler Symphony No. 3
Movements 4-6

Week 3 January 30—Mahler Symphony No. 5
Mahler’s heroic symphony obsessed with Beethoven.
Includes the famous adagietto

Week 4 February 6—Mahler Symphony No. 7
Mahler’s least well-known symphony,
sometimes called the Song of the Night
Mvts 1-3

Week 5 February 13—Mahler Symphony No. 7
Movements 4-5

Week 6 February 20—Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
”The Song of the Earth”— Mahler’s “song” symphony
Movements 1-4

Week 7 February 27—Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Movements 5-6 concluding with Der Abshied (The Farewell)

Week 8 March 6—Mahler Symphony No. 10
Movement 1 only (the only movement Mahler completed)